OXFORD, Miss. — Freshmen cornerbacks Joshua Holsey and Jonathan Jones made their first career starts in the Auburn secondary. Jones made seven tackles and Holsey made five as they filled in for an injured Chris Davis who did not start for the first time this season and did not make the trip to Oxford.
“Coach kind of hinted to it all week so I’d been looking forward to it all week,” said Jones, who has been a regular contributor on special teams coverage. “It was Good to finally get in and play and show what I can do.”
Defensive end Dee Ford and center Reese Dismukes also did not make the trip and missed the game. Nosa Eguae started in place of Ford, who earlier in the week said he felt he would be able to play.
Tunde Fariyike started in place of Dismukes for the second time this season and had a rough outing with two bad snaps to quarterback Clint Moseley.
In the first quarter on third down and seven from the Auburn 28 Fariyike snapped the ball over the head of Moseley and C.J. Johnson recovered it in the end zone as Ole Miss took a 14-0 lead.
There was also an exchange problem on a second down inside the red zone during the third quarter
Quan Bray returned after serving a one-game suspension last week after his arrest during a traffic stop in Georgia. Bray returned two punts for four yards and did not have any receptions.
Parkey back on track
Cody Parkey made both of his field goal attempts Saturday and brought his season total to 9 of 10 after missing for the first time last week against Arkansas.
After Auburn tied the game at 14 with 5:56 to go in the second quarter, Parkey recovered an onside kick, settingup the Tigers next drive which end with his first field goal of the game, a 46-yard kick that gave Auburn a 17-14 lead with 4:56 to go in the first half.
“It felt good, I never like to miss a kick,” Parkey said. “My team needed me to make those kicks today so it felt good.”
He later made a 31-yard kick to cut the Ole Miss lead to 24-20 with 4:55 to go in the third but Auburn did not score again.
Jay Prosch recorded his first Auburn reception, an eight-yard catch from Clint Moseley at the beginning of the second quarter. ... Sammie Coates’ 42-yard second-quarter reception from Moseley was a career long. ... Daren Bates recorded a career-high 16 tackles for his 10th double-digit tackle performance of his career, including the fourth this season.